17 April

Movements towards north started to pick up today! Brant, Greater White-fronted Geese, Surf Scoters, Pacific Loons and shorebirds were all counted in fairly high numbers and a lot of different duck species could be seen migrating north. “Bird of the day” became two males Harlequin duck towards north on less than a kilometers distance. Counting time: 06:10-12:10. 48 species of seabirds counted. Weather: Nice sunny sky with a strong wind from northwest 8 m/s (18 mph).

Brant (Branta bernicla)
Brant (Branta bernicla)


Bird species list:
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 728
Brant (Branta bernicla) 1721
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) 3
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 23
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 10
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 30
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 44
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) 152
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 636
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 4
Scaup sp. 1
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) 2
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 4990
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) 138
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) 25
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 64
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 36
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica) 3253
Common Loon (Gavia immer) 241
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) 41
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) 2
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 246
Brandt’s Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 61
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 172
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 142
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 108
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 131
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 6
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 5
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) 15
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) 89
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 146
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 1
Western/Least Sandpiper 862
Dowitcher sp. 646
Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 1
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 6300
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 137
Marbled Murrulet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 23
Rhinocerous Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 14
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 10
Bonaparte’s Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 6
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 10
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 6
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 486
California Gull (Larus californicus) 65
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) 138
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 19
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 323
Whale species list:
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) 1
Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) 3

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